On this day, In 1970 Lee Trevino won the Tucson Open in a sudden death playoff for the 2nd year straight


Trevino edges Murphy for his 2nd straight Tucson title

Tucson, AZ – On this date, Lee Trevino scored a birdie 3 on the first extra hole of a sudden‐death playoff to beat Bob Murphy for the $20, 000 first prize in the $100,000 Tucson open golf tournament.  Murphy had victory in his grasp on the 18th hole but missed a putt of about three feet and took a bogey 5. That gave him a 69 for 275, which was 13 under par.

He and Trevino had identical rounds throughout the 72 holes and were tied the first day with 66, the second with 68 and the third with 72.  Missing that putt meant a difference of $8,600 as Murphy won $11,400 for second place.  Charles Coody took third, shooting a final 68 for 277. Par for the National Golf Club course is 36, 36–72.

On the extra hole, the par‐4 first, Murphy and Trevino were on the green in two. Murphy putted first and missed a seven‐ footer. Trevino, who won the tournament last year, was only about five feet from the pin and sank his putt.

Murphy had a 34 on the first nine, a shot ahead of Trevino. Murphy posted a bogey 5 on the 10th, however, and Trevino a birdie. Trevino also got birdies on the 12th and 13th.  Murphy came back with a string of three birdies and was a stroke ahead until his bogey 5 on the 18th. His putt on the 18th rammed the back of the cup and bounced out.

Out of the first six events in the 1970 PGA Tour season, half of them went to a sudden death playoff…

 In the first, tournament of 1970, Billy Casper beat Hale Irwin in the Los Angeles Open Playoff. Then Pete Brown defeated Tony Jacklin in the San Diego open again, in a playoff.

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